Minimalist Japanese Residence Flaunting a Fascinating Facade

Minimalist Japanese Residence Flaunting a Fascinating Facade

Looking at the Cell Brick House from the outside makes you wonder how the interiors of this amazing architectural building are shaped. The skin of the house is what makes it so special. It displays a fascinating pattern of holes that rise up from a pebble-covered base. Small steel boxes were placed one on top of the next to shape a rectangular block that shelters the interior living spaces. Atelier Tekuto, the designers of the Cell Brick House, describe their challenges: “The first was to combine opposing architectonics; the masonry structure which is the origin of the building technique and the skin structure which I have been trying on my projects. And the second was to innovate something that equips structure, function and heat environment altogether.” By combining specific measurements for the steel bricks, the architects were able to ensure the interiors will have the right temperature and sunlight all year round. By covering the bricks with a heat resistant ceramic-infused coating, the house is protected from overheating. The interiors are brought to life by the personal belongings of the inhabitants, displayed on the special shelves. This creates an interesting personalized space that can become a little overwhelming at times. All in all, the residence is a step further in the way we look at residential architecture.


  • veena singh June 24, 2011 at 14:17 PMLogin to Reply →

    Thanks for sharing the info on cell brick house.The post was very informative and photos just WOW.

  • Mark June 24, 2011 at 15:08 PMLogin to Reply →

    Good idea, but … how to clean?

  • Timothy June 24, 2011 at 15:45 PMLogin to Reply →

    this is the house you buy when you want to finally take the plunge off the deep end

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  • James June 25, 2011 at 15:59 PMLogin to Reply →

    wow .. Japanese homes are very unique .. such as giving an overview of future home .. thank you give a full picture of inspiration ..

  • Amy June 25, 2011 at 17:55 PMLogin to Reply →

    I agree w/ Timothy. This house would destroy my eyes and melt my brain, eventually.

  • Kristina June 26, 2011 at 22:58 PMLogin to Reply →

    Wow! I really like this design. But, at the same time, I need color. Where’s the color? I visited Tokyo in the 90’s and loved how the apartments were so tiny and compact. Although, I couldn’t see myself living there, I did appreciate how the japenese could fit a whole living space in such tiny apartments.

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